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Cheesemonger by Gordon Edgar
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography-and-memoir, prandial, punk-rock, nonfiction

(disclaimer: I know the author, sort of. We're not in touch anymore, but he once got me into an American Cheese Society show for reasons since lost to memory. I think I still have the pin, though, and I could probably track down the notes I took at the cheese and beer tasting I attended.)

Great mix of info about cheese, cheese culture, workers' co-ops, the retail world, and even a little about punk rock. I really enjoyed all the anecdotes about working at the co-op, and stories of the places where rural and urban life blend (or don't). The book resonated with me for a lot of reasons, including the fact that I'm one generation and two steps sideways removed from dairy farmers, less removed than that from my punk rock ways, and this weekend I ordered some cheese at a wine bar and put it in my mouth and said "holy fuck" and remembered how much I really, really love cheese. I licked the board, even, and finished the book on the plane ride home. Funny, unpretentious, educational, light-hearted, and a great read.
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Isis I know nothing about this book, but I admit, I love the title!

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